Alaska State Parks Volunteer Program Volunteer and Volunteer Internship
  Positions - 2014


WINTER PARK CARETAKER



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WINTER PARK CARETAKER (1-2 positions)

Park/Area: OLD SITKA STATE HISTORIC SITE
Old Sitka State Historic Site is located seven miles from downtown Sitka on Halibut Point Road. This day-use park is located along Starrigavan Bay at the site of the first Russian settlement in Sitka. Attractions at this park include a one-mile interpretive trail located in a coastal muskeg and spruce/hemlock forest, boat ramp, dock, and interpretive kiosks.

Main Tasks: Perform daily maintenance and cleaning of park facilities. Keep boat launch and dock shoveled clear of snow and spread sand when necessary.

Special Projects: Volunteers may work with staff on maintenance or construction projects in other district parks. 

Required Skills: Ability to operate hand and power tools.

Desired Skills: Carpentry experience.

Allowance/Housing: Volunteer lives in rustic cabin at park. Oil heat and electric lights are provided. No water or indoor plumbing in cabin.

Time Commitment: 3 - 6 months, October - March.

Internship: Will assist volunteer in internship requirements and paperwork.

Send Application to: Park Specialist Nick True

Alaska State Parks - Southeast
3803 Halibut Point Rd.
Sitka, AK 99835

           

phone: (907) 747-6249
fax: (907) 747-3007
email: nicholas.true@alaska.gov




WINTER PARK CARETAKER (1 position - couple preferred)

Park/Area: SETTLERS COVE STATE RECREATION SITE
This small park is nestled in a cove along an ocean passage and surrounded by dense forest. There is kayaking and fishing nearby and wildlife viewing for whales, bald eagles, and black bear. The site has several miles of hiking trail. There is also an abundance of Sitka-black tailed deer right out the front door. Settlers Cove is located 18 miles north of Ketchikan, which has a population of about 14,500. Ketchikan has a variety of art and music happenings, and is known for having the largest collection of totem poles in the world. Winter weather is mild and misty, with very little snow. At Settlers Cove in the winter, only the day use area is used.

Main Tasks: Light maintenance within the park, its facilities, and the cabin; provide assistance and visitor information to the visiting public, open/close the park entrance gate daily, and assist in maintenance of hiking trails.

Special Projects: Maintain record of wildlife sightings such as birds, deer and bear in the park, and daily weather record; assist in small construction projects such as viewing platforms and staircases as skills permit. Winter interpretive programs are optional.

Required Skills: Must be able to work independently and have the knowledge to provide general grounds upkeep without direct supervision. Must have good speaking skills and enthusiasm for working with the public. Must be in good health and physical condition.

Desired Skills: First aide and CPR; ability to use basic carpentry tools.

Internship: Field experience only, not an intern position.

Allowance/Housing: Log cabin with some furnishings, propane provided for stove/oven and heater, phone (local calls only). Propane and electric provided.

Time commitment: October 1 through April 30 preferred, will split if necessary.

Note: Personal 4 wheel or all wheel drive vehicle recommended for transportation.  Couples are encouraged to apply. Applications accepted through August 30.

Send Application to: Ranger Mary Kowalczyk

Alaska State Parks - Southeast
9883 N Tongass Hwy.
Ketchikan, AK 99901

           

phone: (907) 247-8574
fax: (907) 247-8573
email: mary.kowalczyk@alaska.gov




WINTER PARK CARETAKER (1 position)

Park/Area: ALASKA CHILKAT BALD EAGLE PRESERVE
The preserve is located north of Haines, Alaska, along the Chilkat River and includes about 48,000 acres of prime eagle habitat. The preserve is world-renowned for the large gathering of 3,000 or more eagles during the fall and early winter. A facility located at the "Council Grounds," 19 miles north of Haines, along the Haines Highway, provides sheltered outside interpretive displays overlooking the Chilkat River where the highest concentration of eagles occurs. There is a two mile trail running along the river connecting scenic pull-outs.

Main Tasks: Assist/provide the area staff with daily operations and visitor contacts, eagle observations, and facility maintenance, including routine janitorial work. Will include light carpentry work, winter snow removal, vehicle counts, highway safety information, and nature observation.

Required Skills:Should possess a valid driver's license; be physically fit and willing to work in rugged terrain in cold and wet conditions; able to work independently with little or no direct supervision; able to live in rustic accommodations without running water; have good public relation skills and be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Internship: Field experience only, not an intern position.

Housing/Subsistence payment:16’ X 16’ log cabin with sleeping loft. Oil drip heat, propane cooking stove, underground power, phone, and no running water. Full kitchen with gray water outfall. Public latrine nearby. Services located 19 miles south in Haines. Personal vehicle required.

Time Commitment: October through April, minimum of eight weeks, full season preferred.

Send Application to: Ranger Thomas Kain

Alaska State Parks - Haines Office
PO Box 430
Haines, AK 99827

           

phone: (907) 766-2292
fax: (907) 766-2284
email: thomas.kain@alaska.gov




WINTER PARK CARETAKER (1 position)

Park/Area: CHUGACH STATE PARK - POTTER SECTION HOUSE
The half million acres that make up Chugach State Park are filled with rugged mountains, ice caps, and sweeping glaciers. Anchorage has grown up next door to this amazing wilderness, and residents and visitors find a quick retreat in the park. Recreation includes hiking, climbing, wildlife viewing, hunting and ATV, mountain bike and horseback riding. Wide spectrum of trails - summer and winter.

Main Tasks: Assist with snow removal, office duties, and light janitorial.

Internship: Field experience only, not an intern position.

Allowance/Housing: Housing provided. No pets permitted.

Time Commitment: September 1 - April 30.

Note: For this position, applications must be received by July 1.

Send Application to: Linda Ess

Alaska State Parks - Chugach
18620 Seward Hwy.
Anchorage, AK 99516

           

phone: (907) 345-5014
fax: (907) 345-6982
email: csp@alaska.gov




WINTER PARK CARETAKER (1 - 2 positions)

Park/Area: HALIBUT POINT STATE RECREATION SITE
Halibut Point SRS is located four miles from downtown Sitka along Halibut Point Road. This day-use park is located on the ocean in a coastal spruce/hemlock forest and is a popular picnic and group gathering area. Three public use picnic shelters, picnic sites, and hiking paths are located in this 22-acre park. The district office is located in this park. Couples are preferred for this site.

Main Tasks: Perform daily maintenance and cleaning of park facilities.  Coordinate picnic shelter permits and reservations. Assist ranger with office duties.

Special Projects: Work with staff on maintenance or construction projects in other district parks.

Required Skills: Ability to operate hand and power tools.

Desired Skills: Carpentry experience.

Allowance/Housing: Volunteer lives in cabin at park.  Electric heat, water, shower and indoor plumbing provided.

Time Commitment: 3 - 6 months, October - March.

Internship: Will assist volunteer in internship requirements and paperwork.

Send Application to: Park Specialist Nick True

Alaska State Parks - Southeast
3803 Halibut Point Rd.
Sitka, AK 99835

           

phone: (907) 747-6249
fax: (907) 747-3007
email: nicholas.true@alaska.gov




WINTER PARK CARETAKER (1 position)

Park/Area: CHUGACH STATE PARK - EKLUTNA LAKE FACILITY PARK
The Eklutna Lake facility is located about 36 miles north of Anchorage at the west end of the 8-mile long Eklutna Lake. Recreational opportunities include camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, climbing, hunting, fishing, ATV riding, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and wildlife viewing.

Main Tasks: Live at Eklutna Lake to help deter criminal mischief and vandalism of facilities; respond to problems or emergencies by contacting ranger staff or appropriate authorities. Other duties include visitor contacts, conducting fee compliance checks of vehicles at trailhead, snow removal using plow truck, ATV, and snow shovel. Also assist with equipment and facility maintenance, snowmobile and ski trail maintenance, work on interpretive displays, and office duties.

Amenities: Subsistence check, rustic cabin w/electricity and phone. No water or plumbing, outhouse nearby.

Required Skills: Must possess a valid driver’s license; be able to work independently; be in good physical health; and must also enjoy working with the public. Familiar with use and maintenance of plow trucks, snowmobiles, and ATV's.

Desired Skills: First aid and CPR; avalanche rescue and winter survival training; ability to use an assortment of hand and power tools including chainsaws and two-way radio.

Internship: Field experience only, not an intern position.

Season: 7 months, October 1 - April 30, entire season desired.

Allowance/Housing: Subsistence payment and a two room 14' x 24' furnished cabin next to ranger station. Accommodations include electric heat, hot plate, microwave oven, refrigerator, 2 twin beds, dresser, couch, television with VCR, AM/FM/cassette player. Cabin shares extension of ranger station phone line. Latrine and a storage building located nearby. Laundry and shower facilities available in nearby town 15 miles away. Running water is not available and must be brought in from outside the park. Couples are welcome to apply. Pets are not permitted.

Time Commitment: September 15 through May 1.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted thru August 15th.

Send Application to: Linda Ess

18620 Seward Hwy.
Anchorage, AK 99516
Eagle River, AK 99577

     

phone: (907) 345-5014
fax: (907) 345-6982
email: csp@alaska.gov




WINTER PARK CARETAKER (1 position)

Park/Area: HATCHER PASS and INDEPENDENCE MINE STATE HISTORICAL PARK
Hatcher Pass is high above the tree line in the Talkeetna Mountains and about 60 miles north of Anchorage. Hatcher Pass is usually the first accessible location in Southcentral Alaska to develop adequate snow cover for snowmobile riding, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding and similar activities. A plowed road into this mountainous region provides easy access to these winter activities from the Anchorage/Mat-Su area and thus is a very popular winter destination. Alaska State Parks actively manages the recreation resources, and provides for most of the public safety and law enforcement concerns, in the eastern 48,000 acres of the 212,000 acre Hatcher Pass Management Area. State Park operation in the remainder of the area is more passive involving occasional patrols. Winter in Hatcher Pass generally lasts from October through May and the area receives 20 to 30 feet of snow, which develops into a solid 8 to 12 foot snowpack.

Main Tasks: Live at Independence Mine and perform daily maintenance and/or monitoring of a diesel power plant, furnace system, radio phone, water system and three latrines in the area; remove snow in the vicinity of the visitor center using a large snowblower and snow shovels, and assist in shoveling snow from roofs; perform maintenance as needed to the snowblower, and to several snowmobiles; record daily weather, conditions, and observations; host groups using the visitor center; provide a security presence; assist the ranger in snowmobile and ski trail development, maintenance, patrols, road patrol, visitor contacts and general area maintenance.

Special Projects: Assisting Rangers on snowmobile patrols. Possible small workshop projects.

Required Skills: Must be able to endure or even enjoy isolation for up to several days at a time during snowstorms; must enjoy winter and winter sports; must be able to cross-country ski, snowshoe, and ride snowmobiles in steep country with deep powder snow; must have good public speaking skills and enthusiasm working with the public; must be in good health, good physical condition and be a high energy person. Must be familiar with operating and maintaining a diesel generator power plant, furnace and electrical systems, a variety of snowmobiles, and a snowblower.

Desired Skills: First aid and CPR, avalanche and winter survival training; ability to use basic carpentry tools, use of two way radio and camera; driving in snow and ice.

Internship: Field experience only, not an intern position.

Allowance/Housing: One $500/monthly subsistence payment is available, though couples are welcomed to apply. A modern, furnished, efficiency apartment on the upper floor of the parks visitor center, formerly the mine manager's house; must be flexible and adaptable with living conditions as several other staff or groups may be utilizing the kitchen and bathing facilities in this apartment occasionally. The winter plowing ends 1.5 miles short of the visitor center. Access to and from the building is via skis, snowshoes or snowmobile. Pets are not permitted.

Time Commitment: 6 months, generally from mid October until mid April.

Note: Applications will be accepted thru August 15.

Send Application to: Ranger Dan Amyot

Alaska State Parks - Mat-Su/CB
7278 E. Bogard Road
Wasilla, AK 99654

        

phone: (907) 745-8941
fax: (907) 745-0938
email: dan.amyot@alaska.gov




WINTER PARK CARETAKER (1 position)

Park/Area: NANCY LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA
This position also includes other nearby park units. Nancy Lake State Recreation Area is located in Southcentral Alaska, 67 miles north of Anchorage in the community of Willow. Situated on the east side of the broad Susitna River Valley, Nancy Lake SRA has the typical geography formed by the retreat of large glaciers - forested, rolling hills of glacial moraine and countless lakes, ponds, and streams. This recreation area is well known for its canoe trail system and public use cabins. The 22,685 acre park is home to moose, beaver, fox, black bear, waterfowl and many other wildlife species. Winter recreation activities include snow machining, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and ice fishing.

Main Tasks: Perform maintenance on 13 Public Use Cabins, ski trails, and snow machine trails. Assist in patrolling the areaís remote lakes. Assistants will also help perform routine maintenance of snow machines and tools.

Special Projects: Collect backcountry use data.

Required Skills: Ability to safely operate hand and power tools, good physical condition, and ability to work in a winter environment.

Desired Skills: Carpentry and maintenance skills are helpful. Snow machine experience is suggested but not required. Applicants should be able to work independently.

Internship: Will assist volunteer in internship requirements and paperwork.

Allowance/Housing: $500 monthly subsistence payment available. Housing is provided in a cabin near the rear of the ranger station. Shower and toilet facilities are provided in a neighboring building as well as the ranger station. Some winter gear, snowshoes, snowmachine, and portable radio provided.

Time Commitment: Two months (sixty days) minimum, September 30 - April 15

Application must include a resume. Application deadline of September 30, instead of April 1.

Send Applications to: Drew McElvain

Alaska State Parks - Mat-Su/CB
7278 E. Bogard Road
Wasilla, AK 99654

       

phone: (907) 495-6210
fax: (907) 495-6671
email: andrew.mcelvain@alaska.gov




WINTER PARK CARETAKER (2 position)

Park/Area: CHENA RIVER STATE RECREATION AREA
This park unit is located 30 miles northeast of Fairbanks (pop. 32,000) and is a quarter million acre multiple use recreation area. Bisected by the clear running Chena River and its tributaries, the area comprises a diversity of alpine tundra, boreal forest, and riparian habitats. Winter recreational opportunities include snowmobiling, dog sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing and trapping. The facilities include a system of maintained trails and public use cabins.

Main Tasks: Assist staff in daily operations, involving facility maintenance, visitor contact, and other duties as needed. Will include caretaking of the maintenance compound, brush and wood cutting, routine janitorial work, light carpentry work, snow removal, monitor vehicle counts, maintenance on snowmobiles, sleds, snow blowers, etc.

Special Projects: Monitor the use and the maintenance of six public use cabins including backcountry cabins, winter trail maintenance and construction.

Required Skills: Must possess a valid driverís license; have basic outdoor survival skills; be physically fit; willing and able to work in rugged terrain; ability to work independently with little or no direct supervision; ability to live in rustic accommodations; good public relations skills; able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Desired Skills: Operation and maintenance of snowmobiles, snow blowers, chain saws, wood splitter, brush cutters, and other power tools; winter trail construction and maintenance; carpentry skills; winter backcountry travel experience; winter survival skills.

Internship: Will assist volunteer in internship requirements and paperwork.

Allowance/Housing: Subsistence payment available. Log cabin with power and access to phone and computer. No running water.

Time Commitment: November 1 – March 30

Send Application to: Dane Happ

Alaska State Parks - Northern
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709-4613

           

phone: (907) 451-2655
fax: (907) 451-2754
email: dane.happ@alaska.gov